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Flower Show, Lulu Concert & Parade, Fun Fest, This Weekend

FLOWER SHOW: The City will hold its 38th annual Flower Show June 4-6 at the Music Pier at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. I had been Public Relations Director for less than a year, when businessman and artist, Jim Penland came to my office and said: “Mark, we ought to have a Flower Show.” “You’re right Jim,” I said, “But I don’t know much more than how to cut the grass, how do we have a Flower Show?” “We get the Garden Club to run it for us?” “Oh,” I said, “We have a Garden Club? Well, let’s see if they like the idea.” They did. And 38 years later we still have a Flower Show. It’s one of the best in the Delaware Valley and the Garden Club is still running it. The theme this year... Read More

Barks on Boards, Plunge, Service, Concerts This Weekend

Life Guards will turn an impressive wooden key to open the Ocean, Business Persons will plunge into the Atlantic to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance, Doggies will walk the boards, there will be two concerts and of course our annual Memorial Day Service on Mon., May 31. BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE: Ocean City kicks off the Memorial Day Weekend in dramatic fashion. Members of the business community, dressed in formal attire and swinging briefcases, will smart step into the Atlantic to welcome the summer. The action begins at noon, Fri., May 28 at the Moorlyn Terrace Beach on the sands opposite the Music Pier. John Walton, director of the event, has been rehearsing his Century 21 Realtors Brigade for two weeks. John is very conscientious about his entry. He believes in organization... Read More

Heart Walk, Annual Wellness Expo Set for This Weekend

The emphasis will be on health this weekend in Ocean City. The Annual Weekend of Wellness expo is set for May 21 and 22 at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace and the American Heart Assn. Walk will be held on Saturday, the 22nd. The HEART ASSN. will include over 500 participants. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th and Boardwalk. The Walk begins at 10:30a.m. Groups gather in back of the Sports and Civic Center near the football field and tour tents set up by the Heart Assn. with informational materials and give-aways. Heart Disease is the nation’s number one killer so it is important to support the ongoing work of the American Heart Assn. THE WEEKEND OF WELLNESS Expo will be presented at the... Read More

Philippine Tribute Planned For June, More Events Set For May

A contingent from Ocean City traveled to New York recently to solidify the City's June 26-27 Sister-City Tribute to the Philippines, June 26-27. We met with Counsel General Cecilia B. Rebong and members of Filipino trade, commercial and social organizations. The Tribute will feature a Cultural and Craft exhibit in the Pavilion area of the Music Pier both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday night at 8 p.m., Imelda Papin, Asia’s Queen of Sentimental Songs, will entertain in the Pier Auditorium. Papin recently performed in Las Vegas with Melissa Manchester. Tickets to her shows can run as high as $85. Thanks to sponsors, we are able to keep the price to $20, a real bargain for an international star of this stature. Major sponsor of the event will be Western Union with many... Read More

Mothers Day Features a Concert and Flowers in Ocean City

The West Chester District Senior Strings, a large group of talented musicians, will be featured in a free concert at the Music Pier on Mother’s Day, Sun., May 9 at 4 p.m. The group is directed by Charles dePasquale, a veteran member of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra. The concert is sponsored by the Ocean City Art Center’s Friends of Music, an organization that was established by Esther Weil. Esther brought several hundred concerts to Ocean City during her life time and she and her husband, Paul, were true patrons of the Arts. The Weils financially supported many of the concerts so that admission was either free or very affordable. Sunday’s concert is in memory of Esther. She brought many great performers here- famed soloists from the Philadelphia Orchestra, piano virtuoso... Read More

News About Block Party, MZM Day, City’s Latest Honor

LATEST HONOR: Ocean City has been named one of the Best 31 Beach Vacations by Coastal Living Magazine, a prestigious publication that covers the shore. Ocean City was the ONLY New Jersey beach community to receive the honor and was only one of three beaches that were noted as a “great value.” The first two pages of the article were devoted exclusively to Ocean City and highlights popular community businesses and family fun. The City was also featured in the May/June edition of AAA (Automobile Association of America’s) World Magazine. The colorful story of the Sindia and a profile of Ocean City’s Historical Museum were in the article. The Sindia was a four masted Clipper Ship sailing from Kobe Japan then beached off 15th Street in 1901. There is much lore... Read More

City Wide Yard Sale Saturday; Block Party May 1st

The City's Annual CITY WIDE YARD SALE is set for Sat., April 24 from 8 a.m. until noon. There will be table sales at the Tabernacle, 5th and Asbury Ave. and City wide. The sale is held rain or shine. City Wide locations will be posted on a map that will be distributed Thursday through Saturday at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., the Chamber of Commerce Information Center, 9th and Simpson Ave. (across from TD Bank) and at the Tabernacle Grounds. The popular event is organized and directed by Marcia Shallcross, executive director of Main Street. Sponsors include Main Street, Downtown Ocean City, the City of Ocean City, the Ocean City Board of Realtors, the Boardwalk Merchants Assn. and the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. The Ocean City TABERNACLE makes its... Read More

Doo Dah Comedy Show will be a Highlight of Parade Weekend

The DOO DAH PARADE is this Saturday. It starts at noon, 6th and Asbury Ave., goes to 12th and Asbury Ave. and concludes at the Music Pier where there is an awards ceremony and the colorful PieAsco, which is a massive pie smooshing. At 3 p.m., we will present the Doo Dah Comedy Show in the Music Pier Auditorium. This show will be dedicated to Ocean City’s good friend, the late Soupy Sales. It will star legendary comedian, Shelley Berman and impersonators of famous comedians. Soupy’s syndicated TV show was famous for its pie in the face humor with such celebrities as Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. getting plastered. So if we’re going to honor Soupy, we obviously must include some smooshing. Costello will smear Abbott to vent his frustration after... Read More

About Boomer, Battle of Bands & DooDah Weekend

In a recent letter to the editor, it was suggested that we honor Boomer, the Basset Hound, in next week's Doo Dah Parade. Boomer, as you may recall, is the basset who wandered into the Bay, struggled in the water and finally was rescued by a heroic boater. The story was widely featured in the media. The Doo Dah Parade has become famous for its basset waddle contingent. Over 500 are scheduled to lope along the Route on April 17 to raise funds for the Tri- State Basset Hound Rescue League. It is a parade within a parade, the second largest gathering of the endearing, sad eyed canines in the country. Featuring Boomer in the event seemed like a good idea. I called the Ocean City Humane Society, where Boomer resides, to... Read More